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The Next Steps in Promoting the Values of the IP Transition: A discussion of where the Federal Communications Commission is in its process, and how the public can continue to engage on the issue.
Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP
Christopher Baker is a Senior Strategic Policy Advisor with AARP’s Public Policy Institute. He conducts policy research and analyzes market and regulatory developments that affect the ability of older persons to obtain and use essential products and services in the telecommunications, energy, and information technology industries. Chris represents AARP as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the National Low Income Energy Consortium. He has also served on various consumer advisory panels and working groups for public interest organizations and government agencies, including the Federal Communications Commission and the Environmental Protection Agency. Prior to joining AARP, Chris worked for United States Senator Paul Sarbanes as a legislative aide on energy and telecommunications issues.
President, A Learned Hand, LCC & Policy Advisor at United Church of Christ, Office of Communications, Inc.
Cheryl A. Leanza is the President of her consulting firm, A Learned Hand, LLC, www.alearnedhand.com. In this capacity she serves as policy advisor to the United Church of Christ’s historic media advocacy arm and as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Conference of Civil Rights Media & Telecommunications Task Force. Her other clients have included the Progressive States Network, Leadership Conference Education Fund, National Federation of Community Broadcasters, Future of Music Coalition, Public Knowledge, and Native Public Media, among others.
Ms. Leanza helped to lead the victorious effort to pass the Local Community Radio Act, and has been a leader in public interest advocacy for more than 15 years, including advocacy for diversity in media ownership, protection for children in media, and other policies furthering First Amendment principles, including open Internet. She has represented non-profits before the Federal Communications Commission, in the U.S. Appellate courts and before Congress, and has been widely quoted in the trade and mainstream press on these issues. Ms. Leanza’s prior positions include a stint as Principal Legislative Counsel for telecommunications at the National League of Cities where she was lead lobbyist for local elected officials during the period when Congress was debating changes to local cable television franchising laws. She also spent six and one-half years as Deputy Director of Media Access Project and began her career in the Federal Communications Commission’s honor attorney program.
Berin Szoka, @berinszoka
Berin Szoka is the President of TechFreedom. He was previously a Senior Fellow and the Director of the Center for Internet Freedom at The Progress & Freedom Foundation. Before joining PFF, he was an Associate in the Communications Practice Group at Latham & Watkins LLP, where he advised clients on regulations affecting the Internet and telecommunications industries. Before joining Latham’s Communications Practice Group, Szoka practiced at Lawler Metzger Milkman & Keeny, LLC, a boutique telecommunications law firm in Washington, and clerked for the Honorable H. Dale Cook, Senior U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma.
Staff Attorney, National Consumers Law Center
is a staff attorney at the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) focusing on low income consumer access to affordable and reliable telecommunications, energy and utility services. She is co-author of the fifth edition of NCLC’s manual Access to Utility Service and co-author of The Rights of Utility Consumers. In addition to her recent appointment to the Universal Service Administrative Company Board of Directors, Ms. Wein serves on the Federal Communication Commission’s Consumer Advisory Committee and was active in the recent reform of the federal Lifeline program.
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Chris Lewis, @ChrisJ_Lewis
Vice President Government Affairs, Public Knowledge
Christopher Lewis came to Public Knowledge in August 2012 after three and a half years at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where he most recently served as Deputy Director of the Office of Legislative Affairs and advised the FCC Chairman on legislative and political strategy. While at the FCC, Chris worked on a variety of communications and technology issues including the national digital television transition, the National Broadband Plan, network neutrality, privacy, and spectrum policy. Lewis also served as staff for the FCC's Technological Advisory Council. Prior to joining the FCC, Chris was the North Carolina Field Director for Barack Obama's Presidential Campaign, working on the campaign in several primary states.